The superb season being enjoyed by the Brent Under-10 Girls squad continued with a silver medal at the Middlesex FA Futsal tournament. This was the first time that the recently-formed team had played Futsal.
Futsal is played over 15 non-stop minutes on an indoor, hard pitch. It is a fast and furious game requiring speed, good technical ability and stamina.
Brent’s first match was against Highgate Rangers, the tournament favorites. Although the team fought hard and had several near misses they ended the game with a four goal deficit and a consolation goal scored by Willow Stone.
Getting used to the pace of Futsal in the latter stages of their match with Highgate helped Brent in their second and final game against Escolla.
Brent reorganised and adjusted their tactics, playing quicker out of defense with Tallulah Swaby pushing the ball forward at pace to Sophie Owen up front who scored a hat trick. Eabha Kennedy - assisted by Willow Corbett and Alba Summer - scored a brace and at 5-0, Escolla finally managed to beat Hannah Derks in goal who had made several fantastic saves. Finally after being very influential throughout, Nancy Wales also got on the score sheet with an assist by Minnie Palmer. Brent ran out 6-1 winners to end an enjoyable first tournament in second place and with the runners’ up medals.
Brent coach Steve Swaby commented: “I am very proud of the girls. Given it was the first time they have played Futsal they did brilliantly”.
Brent's U12 Girls made progress in the Regents Park Youth League Cup with a win over Queens Park Sharks.
Within the first few seconds of the game, the ball fell to Georgie Stone at the edge of the box and she fired her shot into the bottom left corner of the net.
Kyanne Douglas doubled Brent's lead after she was put through on goal, applying an amazing finish into the bottom left corner from the opposite side of the penalty box.
Olivia Henry put Brent 3-0 ahead when reacting first to a loose ball from a corner. Henry made a great effort to turn and hit the ball just beneath the crossbar. The lively forward scored her second, and Brent's fourth goal after an excellent counter-attack. The ball was crossed in from the right hand side and after Georgie Stone's effort was blocked Henry was there to tap in the rebound.
Sharks pulled a goal back in the latter stages, but Brent were able to secure their spot in the next round.
Brent's Under-11 Girls team took on Highgate Rangers in the Regents Park Youth League Cup First Round, winning 9-0.
Brent took an early lead when Owen selflessly slid a ball through to Ingham to open the scoring.
Within 15 minutes both Kennedy and Owen were also on the scoresheet, both assists were provided by Wales playing on the left wing.
After a great solo run, Kennedy secured her brace before half-time and then assisted Owen who scored her second goal of the match.
Five goals ahead at half-time, Brent maintained the pressure but Highgate Rangers had reorganised and fought for every ball. As Highgate tired, Brent seized their opportunity and Owen added to her first half brace with two more goals, taking her personal tally to four.
The Highgate keeper made several outstanding saves but Kennedy completed her hat-trick after a cool interchange of passes with Ingham before cooly slotting the ball away.
Bulik in the Brent goal - ably supported by defenders, Hunn, Swaby and Rattigan - was determined to keep a clean sheet and performed solidly throughout, catching and cleaning up loose balls.
The final goal came when, after picking the ball up from Swaby, Wales ran from box to box, evading the Highgate defence and firing past the keeper to complete the rout.
Player of the Match: Brent captain Scarlett Hunn.